Friday, 7 October 2011

Feeling Festive

Is it October already?!

We can’t believe it’s almost a year since we were at the Poole Litfest! We had a great time – I chaired a panel of fantastic crime writers (Minette Walters, medieval murder mystery writer Michael Jecks and BBC TV Crime Correspondent Simon Hall) discussing the influence of true crime stories on their work. We were thrilled to have participated.

It’s amazing how many literary festivals there are in the UK: Lennoxlove, Chiswick, Lancaster, Bromley, Worcester and Crimefest, to name but a few.

One of the largest of them, the Cheltenham LiteratureFestival,  starts this week. There’s a fantastic lineup of events (including the lovely actress and writer Isla Blair, who will be ‘in conversation’ with her actor husband, Julian Glover). 
We’d love to know what you think: If you’re an author, do you find festivals a useful way to connect with readers and promote your work? If you’re a reader, what’s the thing you enjoy most about litfests?- LK

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